Passenger Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Dead


Published 07/23 2014 10:32AM

Updated 07/23 2014 10:35AM

A commercial plane crashed in heavy rain in Taiwan Wednesday, with local reports saying at least 40 people were killed. The TransAsia flight was traveling from Kaohsiung to Makung during stormy weather in the wake of Typhoon Matmo, local media reported. Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) told NBC News the crash was under investigation, giving no further details. China's Xinhua news agency said the accident took place as the plane attempted to make an emergency landing in Taiwan's Penghu county. "It's chaotic on the scene," Jean Shen, director of the CAA, told Reuters. Television pictures showed burning wreckage in what appeared to be a residential area.

The flight carried 58 people - 54 passengers and four crew - Taiwan's Transport Minister Yeh Kuang-shih told Taiwan's Central News Agency. There were conflicting reports about the number of dead and injured. Xinhua said 40 people died, but Yeh said 47 people were trapped and feared dead. The plane took off at 5:43 p.m. local time (5:43 a.m. ET.) and the accident happened on one of the Penghu islands, also known as the Pescadores. Typhoon Matmo hit Taiwan Wednesday with severe rains and fierce winds, shuttering financial markets and schools.

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